Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
Ian W. Toll
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"A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book Review
Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.
From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Birth of a Navy
This is a tale of historical importance that defined our nation and its Navy. Figures and heroes of our country are brought back in a new and fresh light. A wonderful book that makes you appreciate the courage of some we have forgotten, and puts a more truthful light on some we may have put too high on a pedestal. A wonderful tale of a new country and it's fledgeling Navy and how it built and matured its character.
A clear, concise and entertaining Study of the birth of the US Navy and the War of 1812, "America's second war of independence".
Slow to start but one of my favorite reads in a long time!!
- Category: Military
- Published: Mar 17, 2008
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W. W. Norton
- Print Length: 592 Pages
- Language: English